A part of Surfing the Nations Surfers Leadership School is to run a Ohana Service Project. Since this falls class is unusually big we have three different projects this semester. The first one up was the Surf Art & the Surfer, it is an art festival taking place at Surfing the Nations property Friday and Saturday. The whole organisation spent this last couple of days preparing and cleaning this place with excellence and care for it to be the best art festival possible. This year they had live art and live music in the coffee bar, a fashion show in the vintage store, an art gallery in the artis, vendurs and food trucks filling up the parking lot. It was a magic atmosphere which brought people from all over Oahu to celebrate a night to appreciate the surf and art culture.

The Whole block of STN was open for everyone in Wahiawa to join us in this celebration.

Both local and international artists were presented in the art gallery. This is one of my personal favorite artists and our own SLS leader Robert McDaniel's work.

This is Kirstin Anderson's paintings. I could get lost in the top one for an eternity, I really adore her unique style.

This BABE Linnea Olsson is one of the students who made this all happen, she is an incredible hard worker and gives her whole heart into whatever is infront of her. I am honored to have her as one of my closest friends. I am convinced that Linnea is going to change the world some day.

My crazy girl Emma-Cathrine rocks my world. I have the privilege to share room with this beauty and the amazes me every day by her pure heart and the love and laughter she brings me.

WOW! I have met my own Finnish princess here in Wahiawa, it's crazy how God has blessed me with this gorgeous woman. Aino inspires me in many ways, her strong relationship with god and her view of life is so precious. I can't express how grateful I am to explore even greater things with you in the future.

These are the fabulous women I'm sharing apartment 304 with!

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A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

These pictures are from a day of adventure with the greatest of friends.

After a long hike, followed by another hike, a little rain and midnight swimming i can't be more that happy. Thankful for all the memories and laughter, being pushed out of my comfort zone and allowed to grow to my fullest potential.

Love you guys,

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WOW. I've started to use the word "wow" so much lately, the experiences and realizations I've had since coming back to Surfing the Nations has been priceless! I'm incredibly thankful for all the new ways God has been speaking to me and I'm super excited about what's next.

A part of doing the leadership school I'm doing right now is participating in a mini adventure held by our leaders for us to been pushed out of our comfort zones, face our fears and growing closer as an ohana. They surprised us with flying to another island - THE BIG ISLAND where the ground is covering in black lavarocks, spots of a vivid rainforest and volcanos. Starting off this journey we were left at the airport with only a map with an ending destinations handed to us. Without knowing what way is north, south, west or east we began our hike carrying our full packed backpacks unknown how long it would take before we reaches our end destination. But because of the mindset everyone chose to have and controlling the attitude we had towards this and each other all the 17 of us survived a 21 miles walk in the heat with a half can of chicken and a lot of water in our stomaches. I'm curtain when I say this was the toughest, sweatiest and funniest thing i've ever done.

We had the blessing to have our camp right by the beautiful ocean, waking up hearing the waves, stargazing and getting lost in the mystery of the moon made me opening up my eyes of God's wonderful creation in a totally different way. Living out of a halv potato, a half package of ramen noodles and of course an oatmeal for breakfast taught me to appreciate the things i actually do have and the fish we caught every day. Yes you read right, we laid out nets to caught our own fish!! Wow, like real cave mens with the survival mode on! One day they came home with a SUPER COOL OCTOPUS! I was amazed. So fascinated by its colors and structure.

I've always been afraid of diving and as you may figure out I needed to overcome my fear of the BIG BLUE SCARING WATER and go diving in order for my team to get food (as I said; real cave man with the survival mode on!) Pointing out exactly what I'm afraid of, praying for protection and strength and having such big supporters around me I couldn't feel more safe in the water. Finding all the treacheries the ocean has to offer I am super proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a step of faith.

I am unbelievable grateful for the influencer, supporters, role models, world changing superheroes I serve side by side with here in Wahiawa.

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ALOHA!

This week my SLS class got the opportunity to help out with one of Surfing the Nations program called Feeding the Hungry. It's our oldest outreaches where we hand out food to over 600 households every week. This is a great chance to take the time to talk stories, build relationships and to love and care for the people of Oahu.

Elizabeth is a very special auntie at FTH, she's 94 years old and she won the battle against breast cancer when she was 80. Now she makes beautiful leis and brings joy to all us volunteers. This time i got to hear funny stories about her grandchildren, and i can't wait to chat with her again and get more inspirited by this rad lady!

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Here's a late update on my trip to San Francisco! Me and Linnea stopped by San Fran for four days before our Surfer Leadership School started. It was so much fun and very much needed to just relax after an intensive summer of work. We saw the Golden Gate Bridge, ate some mochi balls, suuuper good pizza and read a book by the pool to cool down from the 43 degrees weather. I'm so exited for this new chapter of my life and i'm thankful for experience it with this hot chick!

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